Smiling newborn baby brings cheer to hospital staff amid COVID-19

by Justine Punzalan
Apr 25, 2020
Doctors are expecting this baby boy named Jin Riley to cry. Instead, he greets the doctors and nurses at Cebu Doctors' University Hospital with a smile.
PHOTO/S: DR. SILVER / YONG LARRAZABAL III ON FACEBOOK

Baby Jin Riley Mallapre is truly a bundle of joy not just to his parents, Jasmine and Reymann Mallapre, but also for the whole staff of Cebu Doctors' University Hospital.

Jin Riley was born on April 20, 2020, twenty three days since Cebu was placed on lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Instead of crying, as all newborns do right after the delivery, baby Jin Riley greeted the doctors and nurses with a warm smile.

The heartwarming moment was photographed by one of Mama Jasmine's doctors, Dr. Silver, and was uploaded on Facebook by Dr. Potenciano "Yong" Larrazabal III, president and chairman of the board of Cebu Doctors’ Group of Hospitals, on April 22.

Published as is, his post read: "When I saw this cute little smile and radiant eyes today, all I saw is HOPE.

"Baby Boy Mallapre was born today under the Privileged Mother Service (PMS) Program of CebuDoc.

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"This is such a wonderful reminder why we do what we are doing, because we are not just fighting the pandemic for what's left for us today, rather for what's ahead of this baby.

"With the permission of the mother to post this face of hope, I enjoin all my colleagues, all our medical and nonmedical staff to look at this beautiful baby and may he remind you that what we are doing today will all be worth it."

The post of Dr. Yong, who is known in showbiz as the husband of Donna Cruz, has so far earned over 4,000 shares and 14,000 reactions at press time.

Mama Jasmine and Jin Riley's Lola Tesie detailed what happened in their chat with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) via Facebook Messenger on April 24.

Jasmine was still in the recovery room when the picture-worthy moment happened.

She recalled, "Iyon po ang sabi ni Dr. Silver sa akin—na hinaplos po nila likod ni baby para umiyak.

"Instead po, ngumiti siya."

Lola Tesie threw in, "The doctor got so amazed with him when he gave the doctor that sweet and angelic smile instead of crying."


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Baby Jin's smile also made the trip of her parents from their home in Danao to the hospital in Cebu City all worth it, especially since it happened at a time the hospitals are considered a scary place.

Jasmine recalled, "Actually, nagdalawang-isip din kami, knowing na dumarami ang COVID-19 cases sa Cebu City.

"Pero may tiwala rin kami sa hospital—na ginagawa nila ang lahat para ma-secure ang safety ng lahat ng patients nila.

"Bago kami umalis ng bahay, nag-pray kami na maging maayos ang lahat at malayo kami sa disgrasya at kapahamakan, lalo na sa COVID-19.

"So, na-feel naman namin na everything is well.

"Ayun na po, lumabas si baby Jin Riley, and naka-smile pa sa photo na iyon."

How's Baby Jin Riley?

His mommy told PEP.ph, "Okay na okay naman siya. Malakas po dumede."

Papa Reymann, for his part, added, "I do hope that through this once-in-a-lifetime photo of my son, we could give hope to people all around the world who are severely affected by COVID-19."

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Baby Jin Riley is now safe in the comforts of his home.

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Doctors are expecting this baby boy named Jin Riley to cry. Instead, he greets the doctors and nurses at Cebu Doctors' University Hospital with a smile.
PHOTO/S: DR. SILVER / YONG LARRAZABAL III ON FACEBOOK
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